Just off the Vine


Midsummer is the ideal time to stop by your local farmers market for fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes are at their peak during this time of the year and can be easily prepared into a healthy and simple delicious meal. Green tomatoes, in particular, are a great substitute for your favorite tomato recipes. Below are a few delicious takes on tomatoes with links. Also, be sure to stop by St. Joe’s Farmer’s Market at the hospital on Wednesday from 11-1pm! We will be serving some delicious samples of recipes made with our farm’s juicy sun ripened green and red tomatoes.

Recipes

Green tomatoes can be prepared in many different ways. These recipes are healthy, delicious, and totally worth trying with green or red tomatoes. Click on the recipe links below for delicious takes on this summery favorite!

(1) Grilled Green Tomatoes with Creamy Basil

(2) Green Tomato Fresh Herb Crostini

(3) Green Tomato Relish

Tips when cooking Green Tomatoes

Unlike red tomatoes green tomatoes tend be firmer and  more sour. Some tips to transform these tough sour creatures is to grill/bake/broil or even pickle these tomatoes. Grilling/baking/broiling softens the tough exterior, brightens the flavor, and increases this tomato’s sweet & sour appeal. Moreover, it can be helpful to core the center when preparing a recipe.

Nutrition Information

Although not completely ripe, green tomatoes are high in vitamin C and can have approximately 43 milligrams of this vitamin which is roughly half your daily requirement. Moreover, vitamin C is great for improving your immune system and can help you fight off colds, flu, or other illnesses. Green tomatoes are also great for the health of your teeth, gums, bones, and skin.  Moreover, they contain tomatine, an alkaloid that can help protect your body against bacteria, fungi, viruses and insects and may even be anti-carcinogenic. Tomatine is only readily available in green tomatoes. Additionally, green tomatoes are high in vitamin A,which is great for the health of your eyes and helps you produce white blood cells. So eat up!

Per serving: Calories 93; Fat 6.1g (sat 1.6g, mono 3.9g, poly 0.5g); Protein 2.1g; Carb 8.7g; Fiber 2.4g; Chol 6mg; Iron 0.9mg; Sodium 243mg; Calc 53mg.

 

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